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Beginner Talk / Re: Justified text and tab issues
« Last post by a.l.e on Today at 03:12:58 pm »
... i would use a paragraph indent for the first line...

you can define it for the paragraph style you're applying to the text...
Beginner Talk / Re: Justified text and tab issues
« Last post by dragonfly on Today at 11:36:18 am »
Looking into my Scribus 1.5.5 svn which I'm experimenting with ...

Go to File > Preferences > Item Tools > Tab Width

My setting is 12.700 mm
Beginner Talk / Justified text and tab issues
« Last post by jeremy.s.marino on Today at 03:31:22 am »
Hello all,

Hope all is well. I'm currently formatting an ebook (PDF first) via Scribus and everything's been well until I've run into an issue.

The alignment of the text is "Align Text Justified". Each paragraph is indented -- I wanted about 8 blank character spaces at the beginning of each paragraph. With justified alignment, though, eight space-bar spaces leads to alignment issues in that the first sentences of each paragraph don't line up. If I press the tab key, though, to insert a horizontal tab, this issue disappears, but that makes too wide of an indent. Is there a way to change the length of the horizontal tab made by pressing the tab key?

I'm using Scribus on Ubuntu 4.15.0.

Thank you.
PDF Generation / Re: Page Numbers not Rendering on Export
« Last post by bri_huang on Today at 01:17:29 am »
I just ran into the exact same problem. I found that if I save my file, close Scribus, and then re-open the file the page numbers render correctly on export. If I make any edits or changes and then try to export to PDF, I get errors on the pages with page numbers and the numbers don't render. I don't know what's going on here, but this is a workable solution for me.

TLDR - My fix was to close and re-open Scribus. Now, open your file, but don't make any changes, export your file to PDF.
Features / Re: [Feature] Support of animated png (*.apng)
« Last post by dragonfly on July 20, 2018, 09:11:11 pm »
I confess that on reading this thread I was unaware of CYOA publications and apng but after some reading I now have a better understanding.

Since I am experimenting with Scribus to create
(a) static document (standard approach by Scribus)
(b) interactive document (web based)
I decided to explore this feature request further to "proof of concept" stage.

I am not developing CYOA books but I do see a requirement for Scribus presentations and customisations driven by external variables.


Starting with gaining an understanding of the basics of CYOA these sites offer insights ...

As @ale explained above, Scribus is designed to publish a single static publication.  However as I explain below that primary goal does not prevent Scribus being used for publishing interactive presentations to complement the printed document.

CYOA as I understand requires decisions to be taken and rules to be followed throughout the course of reading through a labrynth.

Scribus does provide some native functionality for interactively jumping to different pages based on the reader's decisions. If you click on PDF options you can add a button on a page (perhaps at the end of a chapter) to jump to a specified page.   However this will be difficult to manage as more “CYOA forks” are added to the publication.  It might make sense to automate the introduction of such links according to a table (perhaps automatically adding the page jump according to an external csv file).   I did not explore this route since it is not easy to automate.


Regarding apng creation I found a few interesting sites.

This is an online apng creator which I used to create a test apng file.

And here is a python package to create apng.

This site shows which browsers support apng.


On dropping a pre-prepared apng image into a Scribus document imageframe and exporting as PDF, the animation is not seen.

How then can we leverage Scribus to show such animation?

I found the solution is to  Export Scribus document as SVG and not PDF.

Save Images Inline option must be unticked so that the apng image is an external image.

The svg file is then embedded in an html file to provide the animation.

The OP refers to using PDF readers such as Evince and Okular so it appears to be accepted that a reader is required.   For the interactive version of the Export (svg format) we can build a widget to display the SVG file in an html wrapper.


Now having built a rough proof of concept that *.apng can be embedded I will now argue that this is not necessary since SVG can be edited to be interactive.

Thus for all the animated forks required in a CYOA project I would focus only on SVG objects.

To achieve a CYOA build environment some graph theory needs to be leveraged. This is illustrated here.


I have yet to develop these ideas further.   They expand on my idea to build a storyboard as I discussed here.,3000.msg13984.html#new

Conclusion: SVG rules.
Scripts and Plugins / Intellisense For Scribus Scripter?
« Last post by matthewjralston on July 19, 2018, 04:05:41 pm »
I'm wondering if anyone can get code completion of any kind in any editor for the module. I have tried to set up and environment in Visual Studio and VS Code with no luck.

when running the script looking for the module location it reports that it is "built in". I was hoping maybe it could be copied to another environment for code completion purposes while developing, understanding it would only run properly called by Scribus via command line or within the application.
PDF Generation / Re: Ingram Spark - ICC and PDF/X-1a
« Last post by nanni on July 19, 2018, 09:59:59 am »
Hi a.l.e

thanks so much for your reply.

Yeah, I figured it's too risky with IngramSpark - and any mistake can turn out to be costly.

But also just for grayscale interiors - I just don't know how to make a pdf/x-1a without using color management. ... I'll google more and also check out Scribus 1.5.

Features / Re: [Feature] Support of animated png (*.apng)
« Last post by a.l.e on July 19, 2018, 09:58:07 am »
hi templina

the pdf standard does not seem to support animated images.
which is fine, since PDF has been created for the print workflow...
(and i'm more and more convinced that PDF should stick to that and there are better formats for distributing digital content!)

and even if PDF would allow animated PNG:
scribus is a DTP program which (for now) is focused on the print workflow.
i guess it's the wrong program to be the first to add support for the apng format.

if you want something for creating a pdf that can be used for testing the pdf reader, i guess it would be better to go for a fpdf plugin...

PDF Generation / Re: Ingram Spark - ICC and PDF/X-1a
« Last post by a.l.e on July 19, 2018, 09:47:42 am »
hi nanni

if you google "pdf/x-1a icc" you will find at least one post that suggest that you should stay away from IngramSpark.

if they have changed their workflow, they will simply ignore your color profiles... otherwise they will reject your pdf if it contains an icc profile.
of course, without color profiles, there is no focus on the quality of the colors and you have no control on how the output will look like (but with a bit of luck it will look good...)

and with scribus you can set the output to be grayscale...
or simply not use any colors but black....

personally, i don't know how to help you more with that...

PDF Generation / Re: PDF convertion
« Last post by a.l.e on July 19, 2018, 09:36:31 am »
 hi bivhab,

i'm not sure what exactly you need.

libreoffice can produce PDF files from DOC files, if this is what you want.

as you wrote, there are also so many online tools that also do that online.


p.s.: i have removed the link you have submitted, since it's not clear to me why you would suggest that tool and one of the many others...
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